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Transfer Admissions

If you have been admitted to MSU but have not yet started, we welcome your application to the Honors College if you meet the following criteria:

  • Intend to study at MSU for at least 5 or more semesters
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 at previous institution(s)


The application consists of two primary components: 

  1. A list of activities that occur outside of classes since starting postsecondary education (after high school). Activities to include are employment, clubs, programs, volunteer activities, involvement in athletics, music or the arts, etc. 
  2. Personal statement (max 750 words) responding to the following prompt: 

Please describe your interest in joining the Honors College by tying the unique opportunities we offer to your personal narrative. Specifically identify experiences (curricular or cocurricular) afforded to Honors College members and indicate how they can enhance your personal, academic and/or professional development. 

Honors College applications submitted by transfer students will be adjudicated on a rolling basis. Please allow 3-4 weeks for the application review and notification of the result. 


Students who are not invited to Honors College membership may still enhance their educational experience through Honors Options in regular courses or by requesting an override from the sponsoring department into a specific Honors course/section (overrides are granted based on availability and a review of students’ overall academic progress and program).

Students may also graduate from the university with honor or high honor designations by meeting cumulative GPA standards, regardless of Honors College membership. 

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